“Deadpan, surreal and pandemically prophetic”
“One of the best films of 1999”
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Starts September 11
Winner of the 1998 Cannes FIPRESCI Prize (International Critics’ prize), THE HOLE, is set in Taipei just prior to the start of the 21st century. The vaguely futuristic (at the time) story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him. Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and several unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-Liang crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s.
Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Written by Ming-liang Tsai & Pi-ying Yang. With Lee Kang-Sheng, Yang Kuei-Mei. 1998. Taiwan. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 89, or 93 or 95 min.
Price: $8.00 (50% of proceeds support The Roxie Theater)
Rental Period: 72 hours
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